An­i­mal char­ity fire­works plea

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

Think about an­i­mals on Bon­fire Night.

That’s the mes­sage this week from Scot­tish SPCA La­nark­shire who have urged folk to con­sider the im­pact of fire­works on their wel­fare.

The char­ity is re­mind­ing rev­ellers that fire­works season can be a stress­ful time of year for both an­i­mals and pet own­ers who are try­ing to pro­tect their furry friends from the fear and dis­tress they can cause.

Peter Flem­ing, man­ager of the res­cue and re­hom­ing cen­tre, said:“An­i­mals have heighted senses and their hear­ing is much stronger than ours.

“A dog’s hear­ing is twice as sen­si­tive as a hu­man’s; and a cat’s three times.

“We’ve been made aware of nu­mer­ous in­ci­dents over the years where an­i­mals have come to se­ri­ous harm and even death as a re­sult of fire­works be­ing set off near them.

“An­i­mals will panic and flee at the sound of the bang and this can re­sult in in­jury to the an­i­mals and even road traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

“We’ve re­ceived re­ports of cats and dogs es­cap­ing as they look for a safe place to hide and sheep get­ting stuck in fences as they flee dis­plays set off near their field.

“We’re also aware of in­ci­dents where farm an­i­mals have aborted their young soon after nearby fire­works dis­plays.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to at­tend or­gan­ised dis­plays rather than set off their own fire­works.”

In­for­ma­tion on the dangers of fire­works and ad­vice can be found on the SSPCA on­line news­room.

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